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Open day questions: architecture students

Is architecture the right course for you? What books do you need to buy? Find out by asking tutors these need-to-know questions when you're out at an open day...

About the course

  • Is the course accredited?
  • Who will be teaching me?
  • What's the split between critical thinking / theory and practical, project-based work?
  • How much drawing and modelling is involved, and how much of that will be digital?
  • How many portfolios will I need to complete? Will I be exhibiting my work at all?

Equipment and facilities

  • What books do I need to buy?
  • What drawing equipment / tools do I need to buy? How much will this add up to?
  • Do I need a computer with specialist design programs? Do you recommend any?

Work experience / placements

  • Will I spend a year working for an architects? Do I need to arrange this myself?
  • How will my placements be assessed? Does it count towards my final mark?
  • Will I be paid when on a placement?


  • What's the split between exams / coursework / group projects?
  • Does my portfolio make up a high proportion of my overall mark?
  • Do I need to complete a research-based project or dissertation?

Going the extra mile

  • How can I get the most out of this degree?
  • Does the university have good contacts within the industry?
  • What are my chances of getting a job at the end of this course?


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